Fofanov Konstantin( Poet)
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Fofanov Konstantin Ivanovich (1862 - 1911), poet.
Born on May 18 (30 NS) in St. Petersburg in a family of merchants. He studied at private boarding schools, then in the city of St. Petersburg College, which left a half years.
Literary activity Fofanova began in 1881, and soon his poems are gaining popularity. At the end of 1880 has become a permanent employee of the newspaper "New Era", published by Suvorin, receives from him every support. Printed and other publications of the very different orientation.
His poetry is highly appreciated Maykov, J. Polonsky, L. Tolstoy, always supported him, because life Fofanova was heavy: the only breadwinner of a large family, he suffered from chronic alcoholism and lived in poverty.
Lacking any systematic education or the desire for self-development, Fofanov possessed extraordinary natural talent and amazing flair that made his work a remarkable event in Russian poetry of the late XIX century.
Fofanova collections of poems "Poems" (1887 and 1889), "Shadows and Secrets" (1892), "Illusions" (1900) were the most popular. Among his poems may find the plot, narrative, as "Baron Clack" (1892), "Unusual Romance" (1900), the poem "Old Oak" (1887), "Wolves" (1889), tales "mason" (1885), " Enchanted Prince "(1900).
Fofanov had a great influence on the modernist works of different generations. His admirers were Bryusov and I. Severyanin, Ego-Futurists have created a cult Fofanova, dedicating his book in 1912.
K. Fofanov died in hospital on 17 May (30 NS) 1911 in St. Petersburg.